Tips on Using Skip Bags for Wet Waste Materials

Skip bags are excellent, versatile waste removal options.

They’re appropriate for many types of rubbish. However, some problems can occur when skip bags are used to dispose of wet waste.

For example, materials like damp soil, coffee grinds and damp green waste can all cause issues when dumped into a skip bag.

When it comes to rubbish removal in Sydney, we have plenty of wisdom to impart. Here, we take a look at some of the problems that can occur with wet waste and skip bags, and how to address them.



When we use skip bags to dispose of waste that contains a lot of moisture, we inevitability run into a few obstacles.

First of all, when wet waste is piled into skip bags, there is a distinct risk of the water leaking through the weave of the bag.

That is not acceptable, and can present a health and safety risk, which is something that always needs to be avoided in rubbish removal in Sydney.

Secondly, wet waste is much heavier than other waste, due to the additional water weight that it carries. An example of this is wet soil.

Heavier waste means a heavier bag, and therefore it’s likely that you won’t be able to fit as much waste in the skip bag without going over the safe working load.

Lastly, waste with a high moisture content can cause mould to appear in the skip bags.

Not only does this mean that the bags will need a thorough clean, which incurs extra costs, but mould presents a serious health risk to anyone using the bags.



Whilst these wet waste materials can pose some issues when disposing of them with skip bags, there are ways to address these problems.

To address the issue of leaks, it can be a good idea to use a plastic liner to contain the moisture inside the skip bag.

This can prevent any water finding its way through the weave of the skip bag, and pooling below. That means a cleaner, safer area.

When weight becomes an obstacle, it’s best to leave the waste for a day or two, so that it can dry out. This will mean lighter waste, and therefore more space in the skip bag.

Alternatively, you could simply order a bag with a higher safe working load, which most Sydney rubbish removal companies will be able to provide.

Lastly, to prevent mould, consider a liner or even a bag that allows more air through it. This would be a vented bag, which promotes better airflow.


To discuss hiring a skip bag for your waste removal project, get in touch with Sydney City Rubbish here.

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